Open Door Mission

HomeAid Houston and Remodeler Captain John Gillette with Craftsmanship by John joined the Open Door Mission to dedicate the completion of renovations at the Mission's East End location. The team converted an exterior space into two offices for counseling services. As the Remodeler Captain, Gillette donated his time and crew. The Open Door Mission offers a drug/alcohol recovery program, convalescent care, educational and vocational opportunities, low-income transitional housing and other services for men.

"John Gillette and his subcontractors have taken on this HomeAid Care Project with 100% commitment and enthusiasm," said Parke Patterson, president of the HomeAid board. "Once the need at The Mission was identified, John and his team were there immediately, ready to begin the enhancements. These new counseling offices will provide a more comfortable environment for the men who are working toward improving their lives."

The renovation required closing in an existing porch, insulating and adding drywall and installing air conditioning, heating, electrical outlets and door openings. HomeAid purchased furniture to outfit the reception area from Amber Ginther at Staples, at a substantial discount.

Attending the dedication ceremony were representatives from Open Door Mission: Drew Kanaly, Board President and Santos Ramirez, Doorway Counselor. John Gillette, builder captain and his crew were also on-hand to celebrate the project's completion. Mike Dishberger, president of the GHBA recognized the vendors, suppliers and volunteers who made the project possible. Vendors included: Air-Ton heating & A/C, Bison Building Materials, Commercial Interior Products, Heritage Paint, Houston Chronicle, M&M Lighting, Staples, Swiff-Train Co., Tejas and Vector Flores.

Also attending the dedication were Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston, Parke Patterson, president of HomeAid and HomeAid board members Salty Thomason with Pella Windows and Doors, Steve Hefner with Camden Builders, Ron Martin with Grand View Builders and Mark Welch with David Weekley Homes. HomeAid staff attending included Lea Pipitone, director of marketing and special events, Melissa Burkholder, grant writer and Judith Drummond, administrative assistant.

The Open Door Mission's programs and services include a drug and alcohol recovery program, an education center with a free GED program open to the public, job readiness training and other educational opportunities. There is also a transitional and community service program, low-income housing, an alumni association and a convalescent care center.